Today we went to Living Treasures Wild Animal Park with the girls’ two cousins. The park is very small, so the kids split up into pairs and went off on their own to explore. We saw the new ringtailed lemur born this summer, and also the usual suspects: fallow deer, flamingoes, bison, llamas and alpaca, and the miniatures in the petting zoo.
At one point, we caught up with S9 and D9, who were listening to a short talk on the park’s alligators:
Checking out the gator deck:
We also saw the peacock that wanders through the park. He was irritated with one of the deer and was putting on a show.
After a trip through the park, we stopped for lunch. Then, everyone was ready to help do some grocery shopping. I had written out my list items on individual slips of paper.
The kids again divided into two teams of two. Each kid picked a slip out of my basket, then the teams went off to find the two items they had chosen. They found every item except one (Glad freezer bags).
O7 and J6 had to order a pound of lunch meat at the deli! They ended up handing the lady at the counter their slip. But they got their item, so it was all good.
S9 and D9 had to get 10# of potatoes. They didn’t know that potatoes usually come in 5# bags. S9 had the brilliant idea to weigh the bags.
Eventually, they figured out that they needed to get two bags.
Both teams asked for help at least once from a store associate. I thought that was great. No one ever knows all the answers. Sometimes, the smartest person in the room is the one who asks the right question. Knowing who to ask, and what to ask, is a valuable skill.
To celebrate, we went to Menchies for some hard-earned froyo.